Pepsi switches soda’s sweet­ener

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS -

Pep­siCo says it’s drop­ping as­par­tame from Diet Pepsi in re­sponse to cus­tomer wor­ries and re­plac­ing it with su­cralose, an­other ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­ener com­monly known as Splenda.

The de­ci­sion to swap sweet­en­ers comes as Amer­i­cans keep turn­ing away from popular diet so­das. Ri­val Coca-Cola said this week that sales vol­ume for Diet Coke, which also uses as­par­tame, fell 5% in North Amer­ica in the first quar­ter.

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